Contact Improvisation


is an arts, dance, & movement organization and retreat center in Western Massachusetts, on unceded, ancestral Nipmuck, Pocumtuc and Wabanaki Confederacy Land. Earthdance welcomes guests from around the world to engage in events that center movement and embodied practice, Contact Improvisation, and collaborative art making.

The staff and board of directors are committed to an organizational culture that values interdisciplinary collaboration, improvisational community building, and ongoing devotion to equity, access and direct response to the realities of a greater socio-cultural landscape.

Earthdance is dedicated to building awareness of sustainable living and community building; in addition to arts-focused programming, the facility is available for partnerships with other organizations, institutions, festivals, and rentals that align with Earthdance’s values and culture.

Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops

Learn about what we offer
Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation

A form central to Earthdance & practiced around the world
Artist Residencies & Retreats

Artist Residencies & Retreats

Opportunities for creative exchange +/or focused practice


History. Challenges. Gathering. Connection.

Earthdance Events

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Summer Jam! with hosts Radmila Olshansky and Anya Smolnikova – Register Now!

Dive into full bloom at the Summer Contact Improvisation Jam at Earthdance! We will gather to share in focused movement, grounded exploration, and workshops designed to deepen your CI practice. The Summer Jam is our family jam of the year where participants are welcome to bring their children and to...

Femina Kinetica: The Female Body in the Motion of Contact Improvisation – REGISTER NOW!

Femina Kinetica: The Female Body in the Motion of Contact-Improvisation is an intensive workshop tailored to explore the nuances of the female body through the practice of Contact-Improvisation. This immersive experience is ideal for those looking to enrich their understanding of movement and connectivity, emphasizing the expressive potential of the female form in motion. 

EarthSing! hosted by Emmett deBeer Charno, Leela Kelley, and Marie Ebacher

Join us for EarthSing, a co-creative gathering of song, ritual, and embodiment. Our workshops  and shared practices include improvisational singing, somatic practices, folk songs, song circles,  invocations, and musical embodiment. Singing together in this way can open the heart, the voice,  and get the creative channels flowing!  

Dancing The Landscape with Frieda Kipar Bay and Dana Iova-Koga – Register Now!

We reside in a living world shaped by reciprocity.  Nature responds to every single thing we do. In this 4-day, immersive workshop, we will center these deep connections between how we move and how we relate to the ecologies we are a part of.

Second Sunday Jam

Bring your movement gifts to share along with a yummy dish to nom on after class. Let's commune and practice during our sweet jam. And, relax together in the sauna while we rest our bones. Registration not required.

Monthly Contact Tango Fusion with Daniel Trenner and Erica Roper – Sunday, July 28th

Contact Improvisation and the Argentine Tango are two improvisational forms and emerging dance vocabularies gaining worldwide popularity. They have vastly different roots, and yet have many interesting intersections which offer opportunities for dancers of each form to expand their social consciousness and movement skill sets. They are both forms which have performing arts and social trajectories, offering their dancers a wide range of explorations in which to build dance as both an art form and a social container.

Embodied Personal Storytelling with Mandy Snyder – Registration Coming Soon!

ALL of us, no matter what kind of lives that we have lived, have tales to tell that are compelling to others. Sometimes these are stories of our peak highs and other times, our heartbreaks. They may be stories of the mundane, a funny anecdote or a frustrating family gathering. No matter what the topic, when we share our stories with each other, we find a sense of shared humanity that is deeply satisfying.

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Independent Events

Touch&Play: Lucidity

This a call to radical lovers,  magical creatures & imaginative dreamers! We invite you to join this journey of collectively awakening our sensuous awareness through intimate & emergent discoveries.

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More Ways to be Here

Host Your Event

With a unique combination of mixed-used indoor & outdoor facilities, Earthdance provides an ideal setting for workshops, conferences, weddings, and special events that seek a combination of focus, celebration, and intimate connection.

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Private Retreats: Earthdance is a beautiful and inspiring place to rest & retreat.

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Mineral Collecting: Visit the old Betts Mine site to look for minerals.

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The Value of Earthdance

A relaxing and rigorous environment, that values the pace of the body and the richness of the soul.

Lila H.

What I Learned

Inspired by a community of teachers dedicated to seeking the moving and sublime truths of existence I learned to call on my name as Artist and Dancer.

Michelle L.

Why I Donate

Earthdance is a gem in the firmament!  It holds space for deep exploration of one’s current investigation and supports our light spirit as well.

Ted J.

I Love

Part of my joy is just knowing that it’s here, even if I don’t use it as much as I would like.  It’s like a local home of the larger dance community.  A place to meet and re-meet friends.  A place to get physical contact in times when that’s missing from my life – a connection.  A place to express emotion. A place I’m proud to introduce people to as a physical center for my community of people.  It allows people to have a place  for the stream of community members that come and go through out lives.  A place of nurturing – be it food, touch, talk, dance.